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Power Snacks for the Busy Working Girl

The modern woman surely seems like Superwoman. From handling tough clients to staying in touch with family and friends, and being the doting mother/wife to taking her pooch for a walk, it's all in a day's work for her. Obviously, she needs to be energetic if she has to get things done.

But healthy, high-energy snacks are hard to find, more so when a bag of chips is much easier to reach for. But here are some power food combinations that will give you a burst of energy. And hey, the ingredientseasily available at the local grocery store too.

Yogurt dip with vegetables: Just add some seasoning like dill, salt and pepper to yogurt. You could also have salsa with veggies or lavash, or opt for hummus and pita bread. “The snack is a healthy source of fibre and contains antioxidants too,” says Mumbai-based nutritionist Naini Setalvad.

Corn on cob: This yummy monsoon snack too, is a healthy source of fibre that keeps you full for longer. You can also make corn bhel by steaming loose corn kernels, and adding chopped tomatoes, onions and some chaat masala.

Idlis and coconut chutney: Idlis made from steamed rice batter is a healthy source of starch and carbohydrates. Coconut chutney contains healthy fatsand vitamin E, and is a great source of protein too.

Low fat yogurt and nuts: A great way to satisfy your sweet cravings is by topping a cup of low fat yogurt with dry fruits and nuts like almonds, raisins, pistachios and apricots. “This mid-meal snack is a healthy source of protein and fat, vitamins B and E and great for an instant burst of energy,” says Setalvad.

Chickpea chaat: A bowlful of chana chaat with vegetables like tomatoes, steamed spinach and carrots will provide you the protein, carbs and fibre you need to get your through a busy day.

Egg and vegetable sandwich: Load up a simple egg sandwich with vegetables like broccoli and mushrooms to have yourself a wholesome meal. It makes for a healthy source of protein and minerals like selenium and magnesium.

Apple and parmesan cheese: For a yummy but healthy snack in a jiffy, slice up an apple, add shavings of parmesan cheese, salad greens, salt, pepper and olive oil if you desire, and there you have a quick salad on the go! Apples contain antioxidants that improve your immunity and cheese contains nutrients like vitamin B and calcium that is good for your bone health.

Avocado on toast: Want to give your breakfast an instant upgrade? Spread some avocado on your toast and squeeze a little lemon on it. The healthy fats in avocado will keep you full till lunchtime. Plus it is rich in vitamin E, that works wonders for your skin and hair. Plus, the whole wheat toast is a good source of healthy carbohydrates and fibre.

Bell pepper and pasta: Rustle up a quick pasta dish by adding sauteed bell peppers to cooked pasta and maybe some tomatoes and mushrooms. The peppers are a good source of vitamin C and betacarotene, that are the key to healthy eyes.

Berries and flax seed: Need something to munch on while clocking a long day at work? Just pre-mix some berries and flax seeds and carry them to work with you for a day like this. Berries are a great source of antioxidants while flax seeds are a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, that can keep bad cholesterol away.

Keep these ingredients handy and whip up a healthy snack in a jiffy. (toi)



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